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Violence against women and their children affects everybody. It impacts on the health, wellbeing and safety of a significant proportion of Australians throughout all states and territories and places an enormous burden on the nation’s economy across family and community services, health and hospitals, income-support and criminal justice systems.


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ANROWS hosts events as part of its knowledge transfer and exchange work, including public lectures, workshops and research launches. Details of upcoming ANROWS activities and news are available from the list on the right.



ANROWS was established by the Commonwealth and all state and territory governments of Australia to produce, disseminate and assist in applying evidence for policy and practice addressing violence against women and their children.



To support the take-up of evidence, ANROWS offers a range of resources developed from research to support practitioners and policy-makers in delivering evidence-based interventions.

Research to policy and practice

Links between alcohol consumption and domestic and sexual violence against women: Key findings and future directions

In Australia, alcohol is estimated to be involved in between 23 percent and 65 percent of all family violence incidents reported to police. The literature shows a solid and persistent connection between alcohol use and violence against women. Nevertheless, the precise nature and function of alcohol use in the perpetration and victimisation of sexual assault, and family and intimate partner violence, is complex and controversial.

Links between alcohol consumption and domestic and sexual violence against women is an overview of relevant peer-reviewed primary research, grey literature, other literature reviews, and meta-analytic studies. Produced with the Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research, this review suggests that there is little evidence that alcohol use is a primary cause of violence against women. The paper does, however, identify that there are clear associations, and in some cases, strong correlations between alcohol use and violence against women, including, for instance, in the severity of the violence.



Publication details

ANROWS Compass (Research to policy and practice papers) are concise papers that summarise key findings of research on violence against women and their children, including research produced under ANROWS’s research program, and provide advice on the implications for policy and practice.


Researcher, QCDFVR, CQUniversity

Director, QCDFVR, CQUniversity

Senior Research Officer, ANROWS

ISSN: 2204-9622 (print) 2204-9630 (online)

14 pp.

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